- A women’s flyweight match at UFC 264 on Saturday ended in gory defeat for Jessica Eye.
- An accidental headbutt by Jennifer Maia left Eye with an open, weeping wound on her forehead.
- Warning: The following photos are gruesome and bloody.
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Photos from Saturday’s UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas show the American fighter Jessica Eye bleeding all over herself and her opponent after her head was split open.
An accidental headbutt during a women’s flyweight match against Jennifer Maia left Eye with a gruesome open wound.
The cut did not appear to prevent Eye from fighting, as she showed good striking activity throughout the 15-minute fight, landing 104 shots from 281 attempts (37%) compared to Maia’s haul of 102 from 269 (38%).
It was Maia who earned the unanimous-decision win, though, in what was ultimately a close match in which Eye showed extraordinary toughness and resilience to fight through an injury that looked horrific on camera.
Warning: Do not scroll down if you don’t want to see the injury.
The wound wept as soon as it was open, as the image below shows:
It left Eye looking as if she were wearing a mask of blood:
When the fight was over, Eye looked as if she were in her element:
The combat-sports physician Dr. David Abbasi called it a “nasty laceration” on Twitter.
He said: “White tissue within cut is periosteum (soft tissue covering) of Frontal bone of skull, or actual Skull Frontal bone itself!”
-David Abbasi, MD (@DrDavidAbbasi) July 11, 2021
With the defeat, Eye’s pro MMA record fell to 15 wins (three knockouts, one submission, and 11 decisions) against 10 losses. It is her third loss in a row.
Maia’s pro MMA record rose to 19 wins (four knockouts, five submissions, and 10 decisions) against seven losses.